But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
It seemed unlikely to Simon (Peter) that they would catch anything, having worked all night and caught nothing, but he still responded with obedience to the call of Jesus. There are many lessons we can take away from this moment, but this is what the Lord has spoken to me. The call of God on our lives will stretch us further than we think we can bear.
The nets, so full of fish, were loaded to the point of breaking, but they did not. The boats were so heavy with the catch that they were on the verge of sinking, but they did not. They toiled all night on their own strength and skill and drew nothing profitable from the waters, but at the command of Christ and with what little faith they had, they were so encumbered they could scarcely draw in the catch. So too it will be of us if we obey the call of God on our own lives.
When we find that we have toiled and labored on our own strength to no avail, and finally heed that still small voice that calls us to labor once more with what little faith we may have, the bounty of the kingdom will be so great that we can scarcely handle it. Whatever the Lord has called you to will stretch you, but those who rely on Him and walk in obedience will not be broken. He is pouring out His Spirit in these last days, churches will overflow and men and women will rise to the call of Christ.
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”